Actually, it was the first time that I had been to the friggin’ Stonewall. The Stonewall wasn’t a bar for drag queens. Everybody keeps saying it was. The drag queen spot was the Washington Square Bar, at Third Street and Broadway. This is where I get into arguments with people. They say, “Oh, no, it was a drag queen bar, it was a black bar.” No, Washington Square Bar was the drag queen bar.
If you were a drag queen, you could get into the Stonewall if they knew you. And only a certain number of drag queens were allowed into the Stonewall at that time. I wasn’t in full drag that night anyway. I was dressed very pleasantly. When I dressed up, I always tried to pretend that I was a white woman. I always like to say that, but really I’m Puerto Rican and Venezuelan.
I don’t know if it was the customers or if it was the police, but that night everything just clicked. Everybody was like, “Why the fuck are we doing all this for? Why should be chastised? Why do we have to pay the Mafia all this kind of money to drink in a lousy fuckin’ bar? And still be harassed by the police?” It didn’t make any sense. The people at them bars, especially at the Stonewall, were involved in other movements. And everybody was like, “We got to do our thing. We’re gonna go for it!”
Suddenly, the nickels, dimes, pennies, and quarters started flying. I threw quarters, and pennies, and whatnot. “You already got the payoff, and here’s some more!”"
Feminism: A Boy’s Own Guide
"This is it, they’ve been unshackled. They can finally be themselves and y’know, they’re really tearing it apart. I would love to hear - y’know, we were talking about the first gay athlete, professional athlete to come out. It would be really great if those two, on top of the game, were to just be like, “Yeah, yeah. We live together, we’re a couple.” I would love that."
"I also came to realize that the focus on personhood ignores the fact that a zygote, embryo, or fetus is growing inside of another person’s body."
Libby Anne, “How I Lost Faith in the ‘Pro-Life’ Movement”
This quote just about sums it all up for me. You can’t advocate for the rights of an unborn zygote without subsequently infringing on the rights of the mother carrying it.
My personhood is worth more than my ability to bear children. The fact that I have a uterus should not make me less deserving of the right to make my own healthcare decisions.